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Doctrines & Morals

Be reconciled

March 15, 2019 (Friday of the first week of Lent)


Be reconciled

Dear friends in Christ, forgiving wrongs is one of the keys to peace and healing. How do you feel when you resolve an issue that is causing disagreement between you and a neighbour, a friend or a colleague? Does it bring some peace to your soul? 


The first reading today is from Prophet Ezekiel (18:21-28). In this passage we find one of the most merciful sentences made by God in the Old Testament and perhaps the real reason why God is patient with us. “Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked…and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?” If a wicked man forsakes his wickedness and turns back to the Lord, God says, he will certainly live. God does not delight in the sins of his children. Obviously, to reject the call to repentance is to refuse the mercy of God. The door of mercy is however very wide and opening till the very end of each persons life creating therefore the opportunity for eternal life even for a terrible sinner. God says there is no reason for a just man to turn to evil, for if he does, he will suffer the punishment due to his iniquity. Never take God’s mercy for granted. Justice and mercy meet in God.


In the gospel of today (Matthew 5:20-26) Jesus tells us, “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus teaches a new way of obeying God. The Pharisees and the Scribes lived by the letters of the Law. Jesus however, wants us to live by the spirit of the Law. You do not have to get to the point of killing the other, before you realise that you have done something wrong. You must avoid even getting angry, because that is the root cause of violence. Jesus proposes that we go beyond the stipulated. Whereby you realise that someone has something against you, leave your act of worship and go to make peace with the person, before coming to make your offering. Jesus wants us to go beyond the fact that we are not the offenders. He wants us to make real efforts, at reconciling the offender. This can be difficult, but Jesus wants us to be a people of peace. To be the ones who open the door of forgiveness to the one who is in the wrong, even before he comes to knock. We must act like the Merciful Father, who went out to meet his son who was still a long way off. Be ye merciful, as your heavenly Father is merciful. 


Let us pray: Lord, do not judge us according to our sins. Just as you have been merciful to us, give us the grace to be merciful to others by pardoning their faults. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

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